A grass pitch in Pete's Field with campfires allowed and access to our facilities.
About Pete's Field
Campers, glampers, tents, kids – yes. Campervans, motorhomes, caravans, groups of more than two households, dogs – no.
The campsite is situated in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, less than a mile from the North Downs Way National Trail. The Kent Battle of Britain Museum (01303 893140) is about a mile away at Hawkinge and there’s a little railway museum and countryside centre, the Elham Valley Line Trust, in the other direction. Pete's Field is one the closest campsites to the Channel Tunnel and just a few miles from the ferry port at Dover. Folkestone harbour and Sunny Sands beach are a 10-minute drive away as is the quaint town of Hythe with its shingle beach. The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway (01797 362353), Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (01303 264647) and Dover Castle are within 10 miles of the campsite and historic Canterbury with its famous cathedral is under 20 miles away.
Food & Drink
The Cat & Custard Pot (01303 892205) is just 200 metres up the road from the campsite and is good for a pint and a packet of crisps at weekends - but is not currently serving food. The Gatekeeper Inn (01303 864345), two miles away, in Etchinghill however has a good menu featuring local produce. There's a supermarket just over a mile from site in Hawkinge and nearby Folkestone has a wealth of pubs and eateries with fresh fish and seafood available in the harbour and a growing selection of well-regarded food and drink outlets on the Harbour Arm. Amy and Pete can offer tips on the closest shops and places to buy local produce.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 82 reviews
Perfect, simple camping experience!
We were really impressed with Pete's Field. We had read the reviews and heard people recommend the camp-site...our expectations were high! Thankfully, the whole experience really did live up to the hype. The field is large, with beautiful views of the English countryside. The toilets were spotless throughout our stay and the bucket showers really were wonderful! Pete and Amy were friendly and often can be seen walking through the field doing their various jobs. If you have any questions then they are easy to find and very helpful. We took our own tent and were a group of two adults and four children (ages 4,5,6 and 7). The simple pleasures of climbing on hay bales, swinging in the hammocks or the tree swing were more than enough for the children. We all had a great time! Next year, we are hoping to go for a longer stay.
Eco bucket showers and proper flushing loos!
Slightly sloping spacious field with lovely springy grass (good if you're a barefoot camper!). The bucket shower was a new experience and amazingly simple but effective, using just 15litres of water. The little touches like complimentary shower gel and shampoos (which were gorgeous) and a well stocked store of wood and essential items made for a well thought out and comfortable site. Only challenges were if you wanted a more remote pitch at the bottom of the field and had not packed light, wheelbarrowing your gear up and down from your car was an effort. Avoid the haybales if you're in search of real quiet or pitch next to them if you have kids to entertain. A unique site that has clearly been carefully planned and developed by the hosts, offering space and back to nature experiences within a mile of all major amenities.
quiet, clean, spacious, a return to real camping
We were met by Amy and Pete who told us all we needed to know about the site and the surrounding area and made us feel most welcome. The site itself is a large field that allows only 20 pitches, each marked out by it's own firepit, so plenty of space and a great sense of freedom. You choose your own pitch and set up however you like. The whole experience is a mile away from the strict sites that tell you exactly what you must do and squeeze as many in as they can. The toilets are simple but practical and extremely well kept, the showers are a real experience to be enjoyed and always with plenty of warm water, the simple honesty shop has very little in it but exactly the sort of things you always end up needing. No cars on the site, which was wonderful, lots of wheelbarrows on hand to shift all your stuff. No amplified music and the space between the pitches meant one of the quietest experiences we've had, wonderful. I really can't find fault with Petes Field and am hoping to return as soon as possible, thankyou Amy and Pete.
A lovely, quiet site with everything you need for a tranquil camping experience. Clean toilets and wash basins, each pitch with a metal fire bowl and an honesty shop for logs and other basic provisions. No cars in the campsite which is nice and a lovely touch to have lots of wheelbarrow to help cart things to and from the car. Excellent stay overall and would definitely visit again.
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We had an amazing time at Pete's field. Our 7 year old's first time camping was made even more fun with the addition of some hay bales onto the campsite to climb on as we arrived. Everything is set up to make the stay as easy as possible including showers, toilets, washing up and fire pits. The 'honesty pot' policy for anything else you may need is a lovely touch. We'll definitely be back next year - hopefully with some sun!
Pete's Field is located at Cole Farm, Teddars Leas Road, Paddlesworth, Kent CT18 8AD
Leave the M20 at junction 12 and follow the A20 signposted for the Channel Tunnel to the Beachborough Roundabout. Take the third exit towards Etchinghill. After 1½ miles take a right on to Teddars Leas Road. Follow for 2 miles to Paddlesworth. Cole Farm is on the right. You will need to pass the farm, turn around by the Cat & Custard Pot pub and return to access the drive.
The nearest train station is Folkestone Central, 5 miles away. It is well served by taxis. Alternatively get the number 16 bus from outside the station – it also visits the town centre, Hythe and Canterbury. The nearest bus stop is 1 mile from the farm at the Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Aerodrome Road in Hawkinge.